No 10 fears Boris Johnson was pictured drinking at Partygate events and could face more fines – What We Know!

No 10 fears Boris Johnson was pictured drinking at Partygate events and could face more fines

Here’s what the Prime Minister has stated in response to the claims which have been made.

Could 15, 2020: Backyard occasion at Downing Avenue (cheese and wine)

In December 2021, a photograph emerged exhibiting Boris and Carrie Johnson, former chief adviser Dominic Cummings, and Mr Johnson’s then principal non-public secretary Martin Reynolds sitting round a desk within the No 10 backyard throughout the first nationwide lockdown.

Mr Johnson stated in an interview on December 20 2021: ‘These had been conferences of individuals at work. That is the place I reside and it’s the place I work. These had been conferences of individuals at work, speaking about work.’

Could 20, 2020: Backyard occasion at Downing Avenue (BYOB)

An electronic mail, leaked to ITV, from Mr Reynolds to greater than 100 Downing Avenue workers, requested them to ‘carry your individual booze’ to a night gathering.

The Prime Minister admitted attending for 25 minutes however insisted he thought the gathering was a piece occasion, whereas No 10 stated Mr Johnson didn’t know in regards to the occasion beforehand.

However his former chief aide Dominic Cummings stated this was not true, and he had warned it was in opposition to the foundations.

Mr Johnson stated throughout a go to to the Finchley Memorial Hospital in north London: ‘I wish to start by repeating my apologies to everyone for the misjudgments that I’ve made, that we could have made in No 10 and past, whether or not in Downing Avenue or all through the pandemic.

‘No one instructed me that what we had been doing was in opposition to the foundations, that the occasion in query was one thing that… was not a piece occasion, and as I stated within the Home of Commons, once I went out into that backyard I believed that I used to be attending a piece occasion.’

On February 20 2022 he instructed the BBC’s Sunday Morning programme: ‘You’re simply going to have to attend till the method (police investigation) is full – there may be actually not a bean I can let you know about that, as a lot as I want to.’

November 13, 2020: Leaving occasion for senior aide and the Johnsons’ flat occasion

In keeping with experiences on the time, Mr Johnson gave a leaving speech for Lee Cain, his departing director of communications and shut ally of Mr Cummings.

There have been additionally allegations the Prime Minister’s then fiancee, now spouse, hosted events within the couple’s flat at No 11, with one such occasion stated to have taken place on November 13 2020, the evening Mr Cummings departed No 10.

Mr Johnson instructed the Commons on December 8 2021: ‘I’m positive that, no matter occurred, the steering was adopted and the foundations had been adopted always.’

It was then reported in February 2022 that PM had been seen heading as much as his flat on the evening in query. The Prime Minister repeatedly refused to say if he was there.

December 15, 2020: Downing Avenue quiz

The Sunday Mirror printed a picture in December 2021 exhibiting the Prime Minister flanked by colleagues, one draped in tinsel and one other carrying a Santa hat, in No 10 the earlier 12 months.

Downing Avenue admitted Mr Johnson ‘briefly’ attended the quiz after photographic proof emerged, however insisted it was a digital occasion.

In an interview on December 13 2021, the Prime Minister stated: ‘I can let you know that I actually broke no guidelines – the entire thing can be appeared into by the Cupboard Secretary, and what I’m targeted on, frankly, is the vaccine rollout.’

On February 9 2022, at Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs), Mr Johnson was challenged by Labour MP Fabian Hamilton, who stated the picture appeared to indicate ‘one of many Christmas events he instructed us by no means occurred’.

He added: ‘Will the Prime Minister be referring this occasion to the police as it isn’t one of many ones at the moment being investigated?’

Mr Johnson responded: ‘In what he has simply stated, I’m afraid he’s fully in error.’

Challenged once more throughout PMQs, Mr Johnson added: ‘That occasion already has been submitted for investigation.’

December 18, 2020: Christmas occasion at Downing Avenue

In keeping with experiences which first emerged on the finish of November 2021, officers and advisers made speeches, loved a cheese board, drank collectively and exchanged secret Santa presents – though the Prime Minister shouldn’t be thought to have attended.

Mr Johnson stated in an interview on December 7 2021: ‘I’ve happy myself that the rules had been adopted always.’

He stated within the Home of Commons the following day: ‘I repeat that I’ve been repeatedly assured since these allegations emerged that there was no occasion and that no Covid guidelines had been damaged. That’s what I’ve been repeatedly assured.’

The Prime Minister added: ‘I apologise for the impression that has been provided that workers in Downing Avenue take this lower than critically. I’m sickened myself and livid about that, however I repeat what I’ve stated to him: I’ve been repeatedly assured that the foundations weren’t damaged.’

April 16, 2021: Leaving events on the evening earlier than the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral

The Telegraph reported that advisers and civil servants gathered after work for 2 separate occasions on April 16 2021, because the nation was in mourning after the demise of the Duke of Edinburgh.

One was for former Downing Avenue director of communications James Slack and the second for a photographer, and so they had been later reported to have merged.

The newspaper stated No 10 workers partied till the early hours of the morning in a seven-hour consuming session.

Wine and spirits with mixers had been stated to have been served in disposable plastic cups, and at one level alcohol was reportedly spilled on an workplace printer.

Takeaway pizzas had been reported to have been ordered in and a number of the revellers had been stated to have used a slide belonging to Mr and Mrs Johnson’s son, Wilfred.

The next day the Queen sat alone, socially distanced from her household, as she stated goodbye to her husband.

No 10 beforehand stated an apology had been prolonged to Buckingham Palace.

Mr Johnson stated: ‘I deeply and bitterly remorse that that occurred.’

He added: ‘I can solely renew my apologies each to Her Majesty and to the nation for misjudgments that had been made, and for which I take full accountability.’

Here’s what the Chancellor Rishi Sunak has stated on 4 events about partygate:

December 7, 2021:

Talking throughout a session of inquiries to the Treasury within the Home of Commons, Mr Sunak denied attending events when requested if he was at reported Christmas gatherings in December 2020.

Labour MP Karl Turner (Kingston upon Hull East) had requested: ‘The Chancellor was evasive when interviewed by the media final week however we want a transparent reply on this essential level as a result of many individuals throughout the nation made nice private sacrifice throughout the lockdown.

‘So will the Chancellor categorically deny within the Home that he or any of his officers or spads (particular advisers) attended any of the Downing Avenue Christmas events on November 27 or December 18 final 12 months?’

Mr Sunak replied: ‘No, I didn’t attend any events.’

January 18, 2022:

The Chancellor abruptly ended an interview when pressed if he would give his full help to the Prime Minister. On the time six Conservative MPs had publicly known as for Mr Johnson to go.

In his first interview since Mr Johnson’s apology to MPs over the scandal, the Chancellor stated he accepted Mr Johnson’s rationalization that he was not warned prematurely a couple of No 10 drinks occasion throughout lockdown in Could 2020.

‘In fact I do. The Prime Minister set out his understanding of this matter final week in Parliament. I refer you to his phrases,’ he instructed broadcasters.

‘Sue Grey is conducting an inquiry into this matter and I totally help the Prime Minister’s requests for endurance whereas that concludes.’

Requested if the Prime Minister ought to resign if he lied to Parliament, Mr Sunak stated: ‘I’m not going to get into hypotheticals, the ministerial code is evident on these issues.’

Pressed on whether or not Mr Johnson had his unequivocal help, Mr Sunak swiftly broke off the interview, strolling off with a microphone nonetheless hooked up.

February 3, 2022:

The Chancellor acknowledged he was within the Cupboard Room when No 10 workers held a birthday gathering for Boris Johnson on June 19 2020.

Mr Sunak instructed the BBC he had been there for a gathering to debate the Covid-19 state of affairs.

‘I’m within the Cupboard Room for a Covid assembly very similar to the opposite 100, 200, God is aware of what number of different Covid conferences,’ he stated.

‘You’re asking me about one thing that occurred nearly two years in the past. I went to that Cupboard Room, as I did many different instances for Covid conferences. And it’s proper that we enable this police investigation.’

The Chancellor additionally acknowledged that the Authorities wanted to rebuild public confidence following the disclosures over events throughout lockdown.

‘I can respect individuals’s frustration. And I believe it’s now the job of all of us in authorities, all politicians, to revive individuals’s belief,’ he stated.

February 11, 2022:

Mr Sunak instructed Sky Information he had not acquired a questionnaire from the Met Police at the moment and, requested whether or not he anticipated to obtain a kind to finish, he replied: ‘No… properly, I don’t know.’

He additionally replied ‘no’ when requested if he believed he had damaged lockdown guidelines.

Pressed about whether or not he nonetheless had confidence in Mr Johnson, the Chancellor added: ‘The Prime Minister has my complete help.’